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Allegation baseless: Ananda Marga

Kolkata: Ananda Marga Pracharaka Sangha on Saturday slammed the CPI (M) for raking up involvement of Ananda Margis in the 1995 Purulia arms drop case and described West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's allegation as “baseless” and “malicious”.

“We emphatically deny the false accusation levelled against the Ananda Margis in the arms drop case. It is amazing that the CPI (M) has started playing the old game of implicating us,” a spokesman of the Sangha told reporters here.

He said that 15 years ago, when huge quantities of arms were dropped in some villages in Purulia, “the CPI (M) leaders lost no time in pointing fingers at us claiming that it has evidence of our involvement which can be proved within 24 hours”.

“Fifteen years have passed, but no such evidence could be proved against us. Today they are again raking up the old charge against us and that too by the Chief Minister himself. It is baseless and malicious,” the spokesman added.

“The CPI (M) has taken the help of falsehood knowing fully well that Ananda Margis were never involved in the Purulia arms drop,” he said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Ananda Margis marched in a silent procession from Deshapriya Park to Bijon Setu here, a distance of one kilometre, on Saturday in memory of the killing of 17 of their monks and nuns on this day in 1982.

The group alleged that CPI (M) activists burnt them to death on the Bijon Setu to stop the spread of the Ananda Marga philosophy. - PTI

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